Sometimes you have to post things that are just too beautiful not to share like these Dragon Fruit, (also called "pitaya" or "pitahya" in Central and South America). These were grown locally (I believe on the Big Island) and I love how their colorful scales make them look like beautiful tropical fish. The fact that they happen to taste delicious and are very good for you is a bonus. Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C and assorted other minerals, Dragon fruit have similar seeds and texture to a kiwi. The taste is mild and sweet; kind of like kiwi mixed with pear and a bit of melon thrown in. Although the two colors here are different varieties, they taste very similar.
Sometimes they can be pretty expensive. This week our new Whole Foods had them for $9.99 a pound, Foodland (on a special for members) had them for $5.99 a pound. I got these at a Farmer's Market for $4.00 each.
Dragon fruit make a spectacular addition to a fruit salad or even better, just chopped and served in their own beautiful hollowed out shell. I prefer them icy cold with a small squeeze of lime juice.
Max (appearing as "Cat Dracula"), on the other hand prefers to get his antioxidants and vitamins by sucking the "blood" or chlorophyll out of his tray of "Kitty Grass".
Happy Aloha Friday Everyone! Have a wonderful weekend.